The royal family of Tuscaloosa made a donation to help the Division II Alabama hockey club team get to the Collegiate Hockey Federation's national tournament.

The team set up a GoFundMe after receiving a bid to the big skate for an impressive performance in the Collegiate Hockey South's playoffs, where the team finished in third place after going 2-1.

"I just wanted to say thank you to our wonderful donors, including Nick and Terry Saban, as well as the Nick's Kids Foundation," said defenseman Matt Brown.

Both the Sabans and Nick's Kids donated $250 each, giving $500 of the $6,150 it has received thus far. The team's goal is $30,000.

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The Frozen Tide will travel to West Chester, Penn., to compete in Pool D of the tournament, joining Georgia,  South Florida, and the University of New Hampshire. The team ranks in at No. 20.

Game 1 will be on Friday, March 18, 2022, at 10:15 a.m. EST, against South Florida. Game 2 will be Saturday, March 19, 2022, at 9 p.m. EST, against Georgia, and the finale will be Sunday, March 20, 2022, at 1:15 p.m. EST, against New Hampshire.

The elite eight takes place on Monday, March 21, 2022; the final four on Tuesday, March 22, 2022, and national championship on Wednesday, March 23, 2022.

The tournament consists of 32 teams in eight pools, which play each other until a winner in each pool is crowned to advance.

This is the first year of the Division II Alabama hockey club team. After being accepted into the SECHC in February of 2020, last season got cancelled due to COVID-19. They finished 13-5 in the regular season.

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